Africa’s 8th richest person- billionaire Strive Masiyiwa has been awed by the classic beauty of Speke Resort Munyonyo and its extension Commonwealth Resort proposing that the luxurious five star hotel resort should be named “the official African Conference Centre.”
“Why don’t we declare this venue; this site, the official African Conference Centre?” Masiyiwa, according to journalist Muhereza Kyamutetera, told guests at Africa Now Conference 2019.
“I go all over Africa to conferences and in big hotels and we go to the basements and we come to this amazing venue…thank you very much for organizing it. I will come every year if you want,” added an elated Masiyiwa.
Speke Resort Munyonyo is part of the illustrious Speke Group of Hotels owned by mogul Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia while Masiyiwa is the founder and Chairman of global telecommunications group Econet Wireless and is valued at $2.3 billion by Forbes.
The Africa Now conference attracted over 1000 guests including H. E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of Somalia; H.E William Samoei Ruto, the Vice President of Kenya and H. E. Samia Hassan Suluhu, the Vice President of Tanzania.
In the past Speke Resort Munyonyo has hosted some of the continent’s high profile events including the The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) of 2007. The meeting was graced by the Queen of England.
Officially known as Speke Resort & Conference Centre, the hotel offers you the ultimate in luxury accommodation in Kampala and has leisure facilities together with the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa.
Speke Resort Munyonyo was built in 2001 and accommodated the visiting Presidents and Prime Ministers at the 2007 Commonwealth Conference (CHOGM). Speke Resort Munyonyo offers 10 state-of-the-art conference rooms including a 1,000-seat ballroom and 9 multi-functional meeting rooms that accommodate groups of 10-300 people.
Leisure facilities include, Uganda's only Olympic size swimming pool, an equestrian centre and a choice of fine bars and restaurants, all with different international menus. It's Business Centre offers internet surfing, faxing, photocopying and electronic mail services.